This is a post that was inspired by Polished and Inspired! I had shown 2 lip oils in my last favourites post and she asked of the lip oils that I own, which do I prefer most. That got me thinking – perhaps I should do a comparison post! Thanks for the blog post idea! 😉
I own 3 lip oils which will be featured today, listed in the order in which I acquired them:
• Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey
• Sephora Collection Oil Infusion Color & Care in 06 Bubbly Grenadine
• Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry in Love
I got interested in lip oils because I already love facial and hair oils – it seemed to be a natural next step for me to get into this trend.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey – C$25 for 7ml
This was my first lip oil which I got late last year during an Optimum Points Redemption event. It was love at first use! It is a thicker formula so it stays on the lips much longer than balms, but it’s not as sticky as gloss would be. And I love honey flavoured lip products – the smell of this is very natural, not a synthetic honey. Unfortunately, it’s doesn’t taste like honey – which is probably for the best or else I’d lick my lips all day. 😉 It features jojoba, hazel and sunflower seed oils.
The doe-foot applicator is quite unique, featuring a scoop-like paddle shape that curves to hug the lips. There is no colour tint in this oil, but it leaves a shiny finish to the lips. Of the 3 that I own, this has the shiniest finish and is the longest lasting – it would be a great lipstick topper. I should note that when I got this, Clarins only offered the Honey flavour, but now they offer Raspberry (pink), and Red Berry (red) flavours. I have not actually seen these in person but I’ve read online that they leave a faint tint on the lips and no staining properties. This is made in France.
Sephora Collection Oil Infusion Color & Care in 06 Bubbly Grenadine – C$18 for 5.5ml
I ordered this in January since I’d read reviews on how this is similar to the YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil. And just look at that packaging – it looks like a test tube! 🙂 This is offered in 9 colours ranging from creamy lavender all the way to a deep vampy brown. Bubbly Grenadine is a bright warm pink that provides a coral tint to my lips.
The applicator is a typical lip gloss doe-foot applicator with a slight slant – although I should mention that the stem of this wand is very long so it’s a bit unwieldy. This lip oil feels light on the lips and is slippery, as the texture is on the thin side. It contains Kendi oil and shea butter, and there is no smell or taste. The finish is quite shiny and does leave a faint stain on my lips as it wears away. Out of the 3 lip oils I have, this one is the shortest lasting on the lips. It is made in Italy.
Lancôme Juicy Shaker in Berry in Love – C$28 for 6.5ml
I got this in a completely impromptu Lancome haul but I don’t regret it one bit! This lip oil has the widest array of shades, offered in 14 shades. The most distinctive feature is its cocktail shaker inspired packaging, just how fun is this! The flocked cone-shaped application is one of the softest, plushest that I’ve felt on a lip applicator – I’m a little addicted to applying this to my lips. 😛
Do note that this product does separate, in fact, the official name of this lip oil is “Lip Shaker: Pigment Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil” so it is meant to do that. It is quite fun to see the pigment settle to the bottom, almost like lava lamp. This doesn’t happen quickly though, in order for me to get the above shot, I had to wait 3 days after I’d shaken it up, for the pigment to settle back down! 😛 There are little metal balls inside the shaker that help mix the pigment, similar to nail polish. This lip oil contains rosehip, peach kernel, cranberry seed, and sweet almond oils.
I found this to have the least amount of shine of the 3 oils, but the best staining properties (of course, the caveat I would add is that it would depend on the shade you chose – the lighter colours would not have much colour or staining on the lips). The Berry in Love shade is a cool-tone berry colour with a hidden blue shimmer – the shimmer isn’t apparent on the lips but it looks mesmerizing in the shaker. The wear time of this lip oil is in the middle of the other 2. It smells like raspberries (different colours have different scents) and tastes faintly sweet, which means I keep licking my lips and have to reapply (which I don’t mind – that super soft applicator!) Like the Clarins, this is also made in France.
Here are swatches of all 3:
The Sephora Grenadine and the Lancôme Berry in Love look similar on the arm swatch but on my lips they are more distinct – Grenadine is warm while Berry in Love is cool-toned pink. This is evident on white tissue:
Both are great colours for the summer, actually. This is the staining left behind after I tissued the swatches off my skin:
So which one is my favourite? I can’t say definitively since I use and recommend all 3, but I would suggest the following:
• Choose Clarins if you’re looking for a long lasting nourishing lip treatment in a sleek, purse friendly packaging
• Choose Sephora if you’re just starting to try lip oils and don’t want to spend too much money
• Choose Lancôme if you want something novel housed in a fun little shaker and great colour selection
These are all mid- to higher end of the price spectrum – I’m sure this trend will trickle down to drugstore brands soon enough (I know Milani came out with some lip oils, but they’re not readily available in Canada) – say, a Revlon or Maybelline. I wouldn’t be surprised. Have you jumped onto the lip oil trend? 🙂